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Eclipse Announces Open Source Visual Tools Project
LONDON--May 15, 2002--The Eclipse Tools project management committee
has announced formation of the
Graphical Editor Framework (GEF) Project, that will develop a framework
for rapidly creating and customizing visual development tools. Visual
tools are a key component of today’s integrated development environments,
allowing developers to depict design objects and their interconnected
relationships. These features make it easier to turn concepts into running
systems that are easier to support through the deployment life of projects.
Eclipse is the open source environment for creating, integrating and deploying application development tools for use across a broad range of computing technologies . With today’s announcement, the leadership of the Eclipse community expands to include industry leaders that create tools, middleware, database, web services, and content management technology for use across all computing deployment environments from wristwatches through mainframes.
“The committed involvement of this broad range of member companies creates a unique opportunity for projects like GEF that blends the best of open source community principles and robust technology,” said Skip McGaughey, chairperson of the Eclipse Board of Stewards. “This establishes an opportunity for research into improving the software development process and ensuring that tools users have a genuine choice in products and offerings.”
With it’s widely accepted “Common Public License” that is certified by the Open Software Foundation, Eclipse is proving a popular choice for development of new tools and the integration of best of breed technology. Eclipse establishes a level playing field for integrating work from the community of open source developers and a variety of vendors. The “CPL” allows creation of derivative works from Eclipse with worldwide re-distribution rights that are royalty free.
Eclipse manages two open source projects: the Eclipse Project that addresses core platform development and the Eclipse Tools Project that focuses on tools built to run on the Eclipse Platform. Earlier this year, the “C/C++ IDE” sub-project launched with a set of plug-in tools for C and C++ language based development targeting Linux®. With today’s announcement, the Eclipse “Graphical Editor Framework” sub-project has been proposed, supporting the creation of visual graphics based plug-ins. Interested developers and tools providers can participate by contacting Eclipse at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Work on the Eclipse Project is now rapidly moving toward release of the version 2.0 Eclipse Platform. Full details of the Eclipse.org community and the design of the Eclipse Platform are available at http://www.eclipse.org.